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Interstate 279 Pennsylvania
Southbound

Interstate 279 provides the main connection between Interstate 79 and the city of Pittsburgh. The entrance into downtown Pittsburgh from the south on Interstate 279 is stunning, as one enters the Fort Pitt Tunnel not knowing that a major city's downtown is just on the other side. After leaving the tunnel, motorists must move over two lanes to the left in a short time to continue on Interstate 279, then must stay to the right after the interstate crosses the Allegheny River.

If coming from the north, the entrance into Pittsburgh is not nearly as scenic, but still, downtown is not visible until about two miles to the north of it. Paying a lot of attention to signage in the Pittsburgh area is key to maneuvering the city's interstate system. We hope that the Interstate 279 pages show what lanes to stay in for wherever your destination may be.

Highway Information

Miles 19.52
Counties Traveled
Through
Allegheny
Cities Pittsburgh
Major Junctions Interstate 79
(Exit 1A)

Interstate 376
(Exit 6A)

Interstate 579
(Exit 8A)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
20 (100%)
Southern End of
Interstate Driven
Interstate 79
Northern End of
Interstate Driven
Interstate 79

Pictures

Northbound

Southbound

Interstate 279 South
Interstate 279 South assurance shield immediately after the interstate heads underneath Interstate 79 northbound. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 279 South near its northern terminus. Downtown Pittsburgh is 11 miles ahead. The interstate enters the city limits between Exits 12 and 11. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 15 - Camp Horne Road - 2 miles. Camp Horne Road connects Interstate 279 to Pennsylvania 65 in Emsworth. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 15 - Camp Horne Road - 1 mile. East of the interstate, the arterial changes to Lowries Run Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 15 - Camp Horne Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 15 - Camp Horne Road. Before exit numbers were changed from sequential to mileage-based, this was Exit 21. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 14 - Union Avenue - 1 mile. Both the one-mile and one-half-mile advance signs mistakenly refer to the borough as Westview. The borough is actually West View. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 14 - Union Avenue - 1/2 mile. Bellevue borough (pop. 8,770) is two miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 14 - Union Avenue. The north-south arterial crosses the interstate here. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 12 - U.S. 19 - 1 mile. The federal highway takes several turns through the Pittsburgh area. A truck route is in place to bypass the path of mainline U.S. 19 which travels through West View, Ross, and McCandless. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Motorists are advised to continue to Exit 10 for Truck U.S. 19 North. Exit 10 serves Venture Street. Those headed to Truck U.S. 19 will need to head north on Evergreen Street to make the connection. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 12 - U.S. 19 - 1/2 mile. Use Perrysville Avenue south to Riverview Avenue to the Allegheny Observatory, part of the University of Pittsburgh. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 12 - U.S. 19 - Perrysville Avenue. The high occupancy vehicle lanes to downtown Pittsburgh begin in 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at the beginning of the reversible high occupancy vehicle lanes. Northbound traffic was using the lanes on this early afternoon. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 10 - Venture Street - 1 mile. Venture Street heads west then curves to the south to meet U.S. 19 within one mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 10 - Venture Street - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 10 - Venture Street - 1/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 10 - Venture Street. We are just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Truck U.S. 19 merges onto Interstate 279 prior to Exit 10 and silently travels along the interstate until Exit 5A. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Those wanting to go to downtown Pittsburgh or to get on Interstate 376 East towards Monroeville are advised to use Exit 8A (Interstate 579 South) instead of continuing on Interstate 279. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 8B - East Street - 1 mile, and Exit 8A - Interstate 579 South - 1 1/4 mile. East Street is just to the east of the interstate and becomes a frontage road of southbound Interstate 279 prior to Exit 8B. Use East Street south and Ohio Street east to Pennsylvania 28 North, the Allegheny Valley Expressway. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use Exits 8B and 7A for North Shore parking for Heinz Field and PNC Park, home stadiums of the Steelers and Pirates, respectively. For downtown parking, use Exit 6C. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Foliage covers the mileage for the three exits to the Veterans Bridge. The Veterans Bridge carries Interstate 579 over the Allegheny River. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 8B - East Street - 1/2 mile, and Exit 8A - Interstate 579 South - 3/4 mile. The high occupancy vehicle lanes continue along Interstate 579. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
The skyline of Pittsburgh comes into view as we approach Exit 8B to Pennsylvania 28 North, East Street, and Ohio Street. This pedestrian bridge is called Gerst Way. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 8B - To Pennsylvania 28 North/East Street. A new right lane is used as an exit only lane to Exit 8B, while another new right lane will become available for Interstate 579. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 8A - Interstate 579 South - Veterans Bridge. Interstate 579 is a 1.57-mile spur connecting the Liberty Tunnel to Interstate 279. (Photos taken 7/8/05)
As Interstate 579 flies overhead, we approach Exit 7A for the North Shore. The Carnegie Science Center is located west of Heinz Field on the shores of the Ohio River. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South approaching Exit 7A - North Shore - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South turns westward as it approaches Exit 7A in 1/4 mile and Exit 7B for Pennsylvania 65 North in 1/2 mile. PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is off to the left side of this view. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 7A - North Shore. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 7B - Pennsylvania 65 North - Ohio River Boulevard. There is no reason for the "TO" to be there, as this is a direct connection between the two highways. Pennsylvania 65 runs along the Ohio River for several miles until reaching New Brighton, 29 miles to the northwest. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Stay in the right lanes to continue on Interstate 279 South and to Interstate 376 East. Interstate 279 crosses the Allegheny River on the Fort Duquesne Bridge just around the bend. Southbound traffic runs along the lower deck of this double-decker bridge. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Stay in the left lane to the Convention Center and the Strip District of downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Now we have merged over to the right to continue on Interstate 279 as the left lanes depart for Exit 6C - Fort Duquesne Boulevard/Convention Center. This is one of two Interstate 279 southbound exits to serve downtown Pittsburgh. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South at Exit 6A - Downtown/To Interstate 376 East - Monroeville. Motorists must use Fort Pitt Boulevard, which runs between eastbound and westbound Interstate 376, to make the connection to the east-west interstate. Interstate 376 also carries U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 for much of its length. U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 now head on Interstate 279 South, which heads more to the west from downtown Pittsburgh to Interstate 79. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
As traffic from downtown Pittsburgh prepares to merge onto the interstate after stopping at the end of the off-ramp immediately to our left where the black car is coming from, a sign is posted for motorists to use Exit 5C to Station Square, a shopping and retail district near the West End. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 5C - Pennsylvania 837 to Pennsylvania 51 - 1/4 mile. The two right lanes head off to the state highway and another quick lane change is needed to stay on Interstate 279 South. These are the last lane changes necessary to stay on the highway! (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 5C - Pennsylvania 837 to Pennsylvania 51 - West End. Pennsylvania 51 is one mile to the west at the West End Circle, which ties together U.S. 19, Pennsylvania 51, Pennsylvania 60, and Pennsylvania 837. The circle is in the process of being changed into an interchange. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West as they enter the Fort Pitt Tunnel. The tunnel is just over 2/3 mile long. Once we emerge from the tunnel, we will be in a much different landscape than what we have seen the past few miles. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
After emerging from the tunnel, we head underneath U.S. 19 and Pennsylvania 51 as the one-half mile advance signage for Exit 5A (U.S. 19 South) appears. U.S. 19 shares a brief multiplex with Interstate 279 northbound, but stays separated from southbound by a barrier wall. Interstate 279, U.S. 22, and U.S. 30 together are the Penn-Lincoln Parkway. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Use U.S. 19 South to Mount Lebanon and Pennsylvania 51 (and Truck U.S. 19) South to Uniontown. Somehow, this picture's color was a bit off. The effect does look kind of neat, though. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South grows to three lanes as Exit 5A draws within one-quarter mile. To the right is mainline U.S. 19 as it transitions from the Pennsylvania 51 alignment to Banksville Road. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 5A - U.S. 19 South - Banksville Road. Traffic for Truck U.S. 19 South also exits here, and stays to the left for a U-turn ramp back to Interstate 279 North, which will lead to northbound-only Exit 5B for Truck U.S. 19 South. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 4B - Parkway Center Drive - 1/2 mile. The southbound-only exit provides access to Parkway Center Mall, which has rapidly deteriorated in recent years. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 4B - Parkway Center Drive - 1/4 mile, and Exit 4A - Pennsylvania 121 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 4B - Parkway Center Drive. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 4A - Pennsylvania 121 - 1/4 mile. The right lane becomes exit only to the state highway. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 4A - Pennsylvania 121 - 1/8 mile. The state highway takes a jog to the west just north of this interchange, which provides for an interesting exit ramp setup. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 4A - Pennsylvania 121 - Green Tree/Crafton. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Prior to completely departing from the Penn-Lincoln Parkway, a sign is posted for Exit 4A traffic to stay left for Pennsylvania 121 North to Crafton and to stay right to southbound Pennsylvania 121 to Green Tree. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 2 - Pennsylvania 50 West - 1 3/4 miles. The state highway begins at Pennsylvania 60 four miles to the north then goes southwest through Carnegie, Heidelberg, and Bridgeville in the Pittsburgh metro area. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 2 - Pennsylvania 50 West - 1 mile. The exit ramp leads to Lydia Street, which will meet Pennsylvania 50 within one-quarter mile of the Penn-Lincoln Parkway. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 2 - Pennsylvania 50 West - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 2 - Pennsylvania 50 West - Carnegie/Heidelberg. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 1B - Rosslyn Farms - 3/4 mile, and Exit 1A - Interstate 79 - 1 mile. The assurance shield assembly ahead does not include an Interstate 279 shield. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West approaching Exit 1B - Rosslyn Farms - 1/2 mile, and Exit 1A - Interstate 79 - 3/4 mile. Interstate 376 is slated to replaced Interstate 279 along the Penn-Lincoln Parkway within the next 20 years as that interstate is extended west along U.S. 22 and U.S. 30, then north along Pennsylvania 60 to Interstate 80 in Sharon. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 1B - Rosslyn Road. The southbound-only exit goes to the borough of Rosslyn Farms, population 464. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Interstate 279 South and U.S. 22 and U.S. 30 West at Exit 1A - Interstate 79 - Erie/Washington. The Penn-Lincoln Parkway continues westward towards the Pittsburgh International Airport, which is 12 miles to the west via Pennsylvania 60. Other pictures we have seen of this exit indicate the presence of an end sign at the southern terminus of Interstate 279, but we did not see one on this day. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Two lanes carry traffic from Interstate 279 South to Interstate 79 South toward Washington, Pennsylvania, which is just 23 miles to the south. Erie is 126 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
Scenes Related to Interstate 279
East Street skirts the edge of Interstate 279 between Interstate 579 and Truck U.S. 19 (McKnight Road). Traffic using Exit 9, a northbound-only exit to Hazlett Street, must use East Street northbound to Interstate 279 South. The stoplight ahead is Milroy Street, which crosses the interstate immediately after turning left here. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
East Street crosses over Interstate 279 after Milroy Street as we draw closer to the southbound on-ramp. The series of ramps is Exit 10 (Venture Street), which like Exit 9, is a half-interchange serving a short street. (Photo taken 7/8/05)
East Street northbound at Interstate 279 South. To the left is Venture Street eastbound. To access Venture Street westbound, continue to the next stoplight at the end of the Exit 10 off-ramp from Interstate 279 southbound. (Photo taken 7/8/05)

Page created: December 26, 2005
Last updated: December 29, 2005